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Annual ISSC Table Quiz on Friday Feb 3rd 2012

With January out of the way it is time to kick start another year of ISSC fun and games. We begin the year as usual with a Table quiz to ease us out of winter and back onto the playing field. It is a great opportunity for new prospective members to get to introduce themselves and older members to reconnect with each other. As it is the first weekend in February with the Six Nations and Superbowl happening on Sunday it is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. The quiz master will again be David Johnston and he will be challenging our powers of memory to see who has stayed alert this winter.

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Saturday January 28th – Australia Day Aussie Rules game

Its that time of the year again when we take on the Aussies at their own game to celebrate Australia Day (they will return the favour on Paddy’s day). Last year the Irish team secured a fine draw so lets go one better this year.

The game is being held at Montgomery Park in South Vancouver (Oak and 45th) this Saturday January 28th at 1PM.

Click here for a map.

As always we advise people to ensure they have health insurance before playing in any games.

If you have any interest in playing some Aussie Rules this is a great day to try it out as it is a relatively relaxed affair so early in the year. The invitation is open to everyone so if you have friends who are not club members or not even Irish but who are interested bring them along to give it a try.

Location: Montgomery Park

Time: 1 – 4 pm

After game function: Ceili’s Bar (corner of Granville & Smithe) from 5:30 pm

CLUB IRELAND PUB NIGHT

FUND RAISER PUB NIGHT
Club Ireland Pub Night
& Wine Draw
Saturday, December 3rd
Stanley’s Pub
Richmond Ice Centre
7pm – 1:30am
Live music by
“Murphyslagh”
Featuring: DAMIAN BRENNAN
Irish drinking songs & a mixture of dance tunes
from Van Morrison, Beatles, U2 & Stones!
SHUTTLE FROM LANSDOWNE CANADA LINE
•TEXAS MICKEY DRAW • 50 / 50 DRAW•
•SPORTS MEMORABILIA & MORE•
EACH PLAYER TO BUY 2 TICKETS MINIMUM,
Friends and Family( minors til 9pm)
•WINE DRAW 110 BOTTLES •
• LIVE MUSIC •
•BURGER & BEER•
FUND RAISER PUB NIGHT TICKET COST $ 20 each
DONATIONS FOR DOOR PRIZES GREATLY APPRECIATED
TICKETS @ 778 388 2681

ISSC AGM

The ISSC 2011 Annual General Meeting will take place Friday November 18th from 7:30 to 9:30pm at

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific)
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
(Click here for a map: http://goo.gl/ybO5N)

2011 was the 36th anniversary of the ISSC and it was an extremely successful year both on and off the field.

The year kicked off with a seven-a-side, mixed football league. Our Vancouver Gaelic Games day on June 25th was a local affair showcasing the skills and strength of numbers in the Vancouver area. The Western Canadian Championship was held over a single long weekend in Calgary this year and the Vancouver Harps men’s team retained their Western Canadian crown with the Celts performing really well, just losing out at the semi-final stage. The year was rounded off in style as the ISSC entered 5 teams (2 football, 2 hurling & 1 ladies football) in the North American Championships held in San Francisco on Labor weekend. 91 players in total traveled and at the end of the weekend the club had secured two titles; Ladies Intermediate Shield and Men’s Intermediate Championship.

The ISSC hopes to build on the great successes of recent years in order to grow the club to an even brighter future. We rely heavily on the efforts and support of our committee members and sponsors to achieve this.

We are inviting you to volunteer or nominate others via email for the following positions:

Executive Board
President
Vice – President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee Members
Social Rep.
Ladies Football Rep.
Men’s Football Rep.
Hurling Rep.
Web Saavy person to update the ISSC Website – (possibly redesign it)
Committee Members at large.

In order to continue the success the ISSC has enjoyed over the past few of years there is a need for our members to take as active a role as possible in the club’s operation and growth. With new Irish arriving in Vancouver every day many will be looking to join the local GAA club and continue playing Gaelic Football and Hurling. This is both an opportunity and a challenge for the club. What will our response be???

We ask that all members make every effort to attend and actively participate in this year’s AGM.
If you have any questions please let me know,

Regards,
Jerry McCarthy

Super Supporter – Jim Speiran

The Irish Sporting and Social Club’s Executive of President: Pat
Lowney; Vice President: Ronan Matthews; Secretary: Jerry McCarthy and
Treasurer: Marie Dowling planned a superb gala dinner/dance on Friday,
October 21 at the Croatian Cultural Centre with assistance from a
number of volunteer members.

The ISSC was first founded in 1974 by a group of individuals in an
effort to bring people together socially. Members continue to promote
and support Irish cultural and sporting events in the Greater
Vancouver region.

2011 has seen enormous successes for the club both in Canada and the
USA. The Mens Gaelic Football team earned the title of Western
Canadian Champions for the 2nd consecutive year. The ISSC entered five
teams including two Mens football teams, a Ladies football team and
two hurling teams into the North American Championships held in San
Francisco.

The Men’s football team was crowned Intermediate Champions after an
intense 90 minute battle while the Ladies football team took the
Intermediate Shield over St. Mike’s of Toronto.

150+ in attendance enjoyed Master of Ceremonies Ronan Matthews in
leading the awarding of Men’s Senior Football MVP – Ronan Byrne; Men’s
Junior Football MVP – Greg Deacon; Hurling MVP – Ricky O’Flynn;
Hurling’s Most Improved Player – Brock Fisher; Ladies Football MVP –
Elmarie Cronin and ISSC Club Person of the Year – Jerry McCarthy. The
Twomey brothers were presented with framed pictures in gratitude for
their work over the last two seasons.

A generous donation for the ISSC was presented to outgoing club
President Pat Lowney from Bill and Margaret Kelly of William Kelly and
Sons Plumbing Contractors.

Many in attendance were there to celebrate the awarding of the ‘Spirit
Recognition Award’ for lifetime contribution to the Irish Community
here in Vancouver to Dublin’s Jim Speiran.

Founding club member P.J. O’Donnell travelled up from Seattle,
Washington and North American County Board representative, Bill
Flanagan, arrived from San Francisco, California to pay tribute.

Telegrams were read out from the Honorary Irish Consul of Manitoba,
Aidan O’Brien, Sean Twomey (Dawson City), Peter and Pam Ferguson
(Fermanagh) and Malachy and Charlotte Swail (Down).

Bill Flanagan presented Jim with a medal and jersey on behalf of the
San Francisco Western Divisional Board. Flanagan also presented the
long awaited NACB Intermediate Shield won by the Vancouver ladies in
San Francisco to Captain Eimear Gogan on the night also.

Before heading home for the night, many were making note of the ISSC’s
AGM which will be held on Friday, Nov. 18th. 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews,
(Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

Though the playing season is over for another year, the club will
continue to stay in contact with its members over the winter months
while planning for another successful year in 2012. Prospective new
members are encouraged to contact the club to be added to the email
list at info@isscvancouver.com

A TRIBUTE – by John O’Flynn

It gives me great pleasure to speak to you about a great Irishman, Jim
Speiran, who receives the second “Spirit Award” for a LIfeTime of
Contribution and support of all things Irish from the Vancouver ISSC
and sponsor – Ronan Matthews.

For almost 36 years, Jim has been at the pulse of the local Vancouver
GAA and Irish community.

I know that I, and so many others in our community, see this award as
being so well-deserved. I must say how wonderful a person you are,
Jim, to be able to interact and communicate with the friend and with
the stranger. You have a capacity to connect and make one feel
welcomed and informed – You have a unique talent and a gift for
“memories” that are so wonderfully shared – and for that we are
grateful.

Jim, a radio officer on Merchant Ships, married Maureen on December
27, 1966. Prior to their arrival to Vancouver in May 1967, they first
arrived in Montreal, Quebec in January of that year, but the weather
was just a bit too much and so west they went to cross the Rockies.

Jim would go on to work with Canadian Pacific Airlines from 1967 until
his retirement in September 2001.

The summer of 1969 was Jim’s first contact with the Emerald Players (
an Irish theatre group) in Vancouver and he was a follower of the
Glenavon Soccer Club. He was supportive of the Irish Dance Schools and
other fundraisers/events that would arise in the Irish community.

For our proud Gaelic Athletic Association club, he travelled with ISSC
members in our second venture to San Francisco in 1976 and would he
not but travel 35 years later this last Labour Day Weekend to support
our five teams in San Francisco…only inches away from the sideline
in his chair.. a chair that was often more empty due to his mobile
presence on the pitch or due to conversation with others.

Jim was responsible in bringing in our Gaelic Games from Ireland into
Vancouver in 1993 and 1994 through New York channels. From 1995 to
1997, he oversaw the arrival of taped games by plane at YVR from the
Edmonton WolfeTones GAA Club until Setanta caught wind of it!

His home was refuge to many visitors from Ireland which include Clare
hurler Tony Griffin and his support staff when they were preparing to
cross Canada by bicycle. Air Lingus footballers from Dublin and
footballers from Seattle who couldn’t get a hotel room due to a local
convention – and as you now know – a Seattle footballer is very much a
rare sight nowadays!

Jim has vigilantly maintained his membership with not only our club
but is a member of both the Irish Heritage Society of Canada and the
White Rock Irish Club who’s members are here in attendance tonight
also.

Jim has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to our lives. His
contacts, his approachability, his willingness to share and support,
have earned him this wonderful honour bestowed on tonight. Well done,
Jimmy!

Saturday 5 November – Event for Newcomers

There is an important networking event for newcomers (men and women) & those who can advise them: 4:00 to 6:00 Saturday 5 November at BCIT, 555 Seymour St. (Poster attached)

Attending to offer advice and guidance will be representatives of the following sectors: Financial Services, High Tech, Hospitality, Mining & Environmental, Medical, Engineering, Construction, Highways, Telecommunications. At least one recruitment manager will attend representing a number of these sectors

This is a FREE event: The Irish Women’s Network applied for and was awarded a grant from the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Program to run networking events for new immigrants and this is the first one. The response has been great but we can always fit more in.

Those interested should register to make the most of this opportunity: go to www.irishwomenbc.net (Irish Women’s Network) to register online.

ISSC Awards night a great success

The Irish Sporting and Social Club’s Executive of President: Pat Lowney; Vice President: Ronan Matthews;

Secretary: Jerry McCarthy and Treasurer: Marie Dowling planned a superb gala dinner/dance on Friday,

October 21 at the Croatian Cultural Centre with assistance from a
number of volunteer members.

The ISSC was first founded in 1974 by a group of individuals in an
effort to bring people together socially. Members continue to promote
and support Irish cultural and sporting events in the Greater
Vancouver region.

2011 has seen enormous successes for the club both in Canada and the
USA. The Mens Gaelic Football team earned the title of Western
Canadian Champions for the 2nd consecutive year. The ISSC entered five
teams including two Mens football teams, a Ladies football team and
two hurling teams into the North American Championships held in San
Francisco.

The Men’s football team was crowned Intermediate Champions after an
intense 90 minute battle while the Ladies football team took the
Intermediate Shield over St. Mike’s of Toronto.

150+ in attendance enjoyed Master of Ceremonies Ronan Matthews in
leading the awarding of Men’s Senior Football MVP – Ronan Byrne; Men’s
Junior Football MVP – Greg Deacon;  Hurling MVP – Ricky O’Flynn;
Hurling’s Most Improved Player – Brock Fisher; Ladies Football MVP –
Elmarie Cronin and ISSC Club Person of the Year – Jerry McCarthy.  The
Twomey brothers were presented with framed pictures in gratitude for
their work over the last two seasons.

A generous donation for the ISSC was presented to outgoing club
President Pat Lowney from Bill and Margaret Kelly of William Kelly and
Sons Plumbing Contractors.

Many in attendance were there to celebrate the awarding of the ‘Spirit
Recognition Award’ for lifetime contribution to the Irish Community
here in Vancouver to Dublin’s Jim Speiran.

Founding club member P.J. O’Donnell travelled up from Seattle,
Washington and North American County Board representative, Bill
Flanagan, arrived from San Francisco, California to pay tribute.

Telegrams were read out from the Honorary Irish Consul of Manitoba,
Aidan O’Brien, Sean Twomey (Dawson City), Peter and Pam Ferguson
(Fermanagh) and Malachy and Charlotte Swail (Down).

Bill Flanagan presented Jim with a medal and jersey on behalf of the
San Francisco Western Divisional Board. Flanagan also presented the
long awaited NACB Intermediate Shield won by the Vancouver ladies in
San Francisco to Captain Eimear Gogan on the night also.

Before heading home for the night, many were making note of the ISSC’s
AGM which will be held on Friday, Nov. 18th. 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews,
(Corner of Davie & Pacific), Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

Though the playing season is over for another year, the club will
continue to stay in contact with its members over the winter months
while planning for another successful year in 2012. Prospective new
members are encouraged to contact the club to be added to the email
list at info@isscvancouver.com

A TRIBUTE – by John O’Flynn

It gives me great pleasure to speak to you about a great Irishman, Jim
Speiran, who receives the second “Spirit Award” for a LIfeTime of
Contribution and support of all things Irish from the Vancouver ISSC
and sponsor – Ronan Matthews.

For almost 36 years, Jim has been at the pulse of the local  Vancouver
GAA and Irish community.

I know that I, and so many others in our community, see this award as
being so well-deserved. I must say how wonderful a person you are,
Jim, to be able to interact and communicate with the friend and with
the stranger. You have a capacity to connect and make one feel
welcomed and informed  – You have a unique talent and a gift for
“memories” that are so wonderfully shared – and for that we are
grateful.

Jim, a radio officer on Merchant Ships, married Maureen on December
27, 1966. Prior to their arrival to Vancouver in  May 1967, they first
arrived in Montreal, Quebec in January of that year, but the weather
was just a bit too much and so west they went to cross the Rockies.

Jim would go on to work with Canadian Pacific Airlines from 1967 until
his retirement in September 2001.

The summer of 1969 was Jim’s first contact with the Emerald Players (
an Irish theatre group) in Vancouver and he was a follower of the
Glenavon Soccer Club. He was supportive of the Irish Dance Schools and
other fundraisers/events that would arise in the Irish community.

For our proud Gaelic Athletic Association club, he travelled with ISSC
members in our second venture to San Francisco in 1976 and would he
not but travel 35 years later this last Labour Day Weekend to support
our five teams in San Francisco…only inches away from the sideline
in his chair.. a chair that was often more empty due to his mobile
presence on the pitch or due to conversation with others.

Jim was responsible in bringing in our Gaelic Games from Ireland into
Vancouver in 1993 and 1994 through New York channels. From 1995 to
1997, he oversaw the arrival of taped games by plane at YVR from the
Edmonton WolfeTones GAA Club until Setanta caught wind of it!

His home was refuge to many visitors from Ireland which include Clare
hurler Tony Griffin and his support staff when they were preparing to
cross Canada by bicycle. Air Lingus footballers from Dublin and
footballers from Seattle who couldn’t get a hotel room due to a  local
convention – and as you now know – a Seattle footballer is very much a
rare sight nowadays!

Jim has vigilantly maintained his membership with not only our club
but is a member of both the Irish Heritage Society of Canada and the
White Rock Irish Club who’s members are here in attendance tonight
also.

Jim has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to our lives. His
contacts, his approachability, his willingness to share and support,
have earned him this wonderful honour bestowed on tonight. Well done,
Jimmy!


John O’Flynn

ISSC 2011 AGM notification

The ISSC 2011 Annual General Meeting will take place Friday November 18th from 7:30 to 9:30pm at

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific)
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

2011 was the 36th anniversary of the ISSC and it was an extremely successful year both on and off the field.

The year kicked off with a seven-a-side, mixed football league. Our Vancouver Gaelic Games day on June 25th was a local affair showcasing the skills and strength of numbers in the Vancouver area. The Western Canadian Championship was held over a single long weekend in Calgary this year and the Vancouver Harps men’s team retained their Western Canadian crown with the Celts performing really well, just losing out at the semi-final stage. The year was rounded off in style as the ISSC entered 5 teams (2 football, 2 hurling & 1 ladies football) in the North American Championships held in San Francisco on Labor weekend. 91 players in total traveled and at the end of the weekend the club had secured two titles; Ladies Intermediate Shield and Men’s Intermediate Championship.

The ISSC hopes to build on the great successes of recent years in order to grow the club to an even brighter future. We rely heavily on the efforts and support of our committee members and sponsors to achieve this.

We are inviting you to volunteer or nominate others via email for the following positions:
Executive Board
President
Vice – President
Secretary
Treasurer
Committee Members
Social Rep.
Ladies Football Rep.
Men’s Football Rep.
Hurling Rep.
Committee Members at large
In order to continue the success the ISSC has enjoyed over the past few of years there is a need for our members to take as active a role as possible in the club’s operation and growth. With new Irish arriving in Vancouver every day many will be looking to join the local GAA club and continue playing Gaelic Football and Hurling. This is both an opportunity and a challenge for the club. What will our response be???

We ask that all members make every effort to attend and actively participate in this year’s AGM.
If you have any questions please let us know.